SAUK RAPIDS - A popular Melrose pizza destination is coming to Sauk Rapids.

John Dough's Pizza will be expanding into the former Pizza Hut on 319 North Benton Drive. John Dough's has been operating in Melrose for nearly 10 years.

Owner Leon Pierskalla says they hope to open in Sauk Rapids in the early summer this year.

"I grew up in St. Cloud and it's exciting for me to go back because I know the area so well. We love Melrose but I know the area well and the people around there."

Pierskalla says he's talked about potentially opening a location in the area for several years.

"People have been asking for it for quite a bit. It's a really good fit for us, we really love the town and working with amazing people in the city-everything is lining up for us."

John Dough's will have a family restaurant atmosphere with Italian offerings. Sandwiches, pastas, salads and hoagies will also be offered in the restaurant.

For more, check out their Facebook page.

Alex Svejkovsky, WJON